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Three young women have their eyes set on a career in the mining industry after taking part in Premier Coal’s University Vacation Work Program.

Ashleigh Moloney, Bronte Davey and Elizabeth Salmon have recently completed six weeks of paid work at Premier Coal’s operations in their chosen fields of health and safety, geology and mechanical engineering respectively.

For Ashleigh, it was her first visit to Premier Coal despite being born and bred in Collie. The 21-year-old said her time as part of the company’s health and safety team provided invaluable practical experience in applying her recently completed degree in health science and cemented her desire to secure a career in the mining industry.

Bronte was steering her career toward the environmental sector before undertaking her vacation work with the geology and planning team at Premier. The 22-year-old said she was now keen on following in the footsteps of her dad and uncle, who both work in the mining industry and have both worked at Premier.

"I never thought a mine like this would be so exciting, I have loved it," Bronte said. "It has been a great learning experience from the application and interview process right through to learning different programs and understanding the different processes that go into keeping a mine like this operating."

Elizabeth was also following in family footsteps when she undertook her vacation work at Premier. The fourth-year mechanical engineering student’s mum is a planner at the coal mine. The 20-year-old while her first time working on a mine site had been daunting, she said it had a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Premier Coal General Manager Glenn Burlinson said the Company was proud to support training and employment initiatives for the next generation of resources sector workers and leaders.

Photo caption: Bronte Davey, Ashleigh Moloney and Elizabeth Salmon are keen on a career in the mining industry after enjoying their university vacation work at Premier Coal.

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